Almost every important town in China has its temple dedicated to Confucius. In every school there is a special hall, used only for public gatherings, which honours the memory of Confucius. On Monday mornings the students meet before the picture of Confucius and other national heroes for a brief ceremonial that includes reverential bows before these great men of China. Special ceremonies mark the yearly annivery of Confucius.
The Church had officially declared that these ceremonies are not of a religious character but simply a civic manifestation of respect to the great Chinese philosopher. Catholic teachers and students were therefore free to take part in these gatherings.
In a town of western China, the Director of the Education Department "officially" destroyed the picture of Confucius. Leading a procession of teachers and students to the local shrine of Confucius, the Director addressed them and declared that the doctrines of Confucius are antiquated, superstitious and false. He derided the great sage of China as reactionary and extolled the great leaders of Chinese thought: Stalin, Lenin and Mao Tse-Tung.
Thereupon, with mock solemnity, the picture of Confucius was defiled and then destroyed. The action of this Director of the Education Department is the first such incident that has been reported, and it may possibly indicate only the zeal of an individual official. (Sunday Examiner).
- Malaya Catholic Newsletter, July 30, 1950 (1950.pdf pp22)